VMware – 14.1.1 released – OK with Kernel 4.15..

As expected, there is a new release of VMware – 14.1.1 – and brief details are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14/rn/workstation-1411-release-notes.html This version compiles and loads OK with the latest 4.15-rc kernel – tested with 4.15-rc7, and no longer needs the vmmon series … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.15-rc7 Released – And there will be an -rc8..

Kernel 4.15-rc7 is out, and (brief) details of changes since -rc6 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1801.0/04858.html.    The preamble is worth a read, as it pays tribute to the work done on the x86 PTI fixes.. Vmmon-patched VMware 14.1.0 is OK (see: https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/tree/workstation-14.1.0 … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Two New Drivers, OK with 4.14.12-rc1 and 4.15-rc6..

Thanks to zezaocapoeia, for spotting the newly released NVIDIA Beta driver 390.12 ( see http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/128743/en-us )    There is also a new version of the ‘long lived branch’ series – 384.111. I have tested these with Kernel 4.14.12-rc1 and 4.15-rc6, and … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.11 ‘Final’ Breaks NVIDIA 384.98 and 387.34 – GPL Error..

I had previously tested Kernel 4.14.11-rc1 with the 4.14.9+-patched NVIDIA driver 384.98, and that was OK: ………………….. ld -r -o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset/nv-modeset-interface.o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset/nvidia-modeset-linux.o Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-drm.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-drm.ko CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset.ko CC … Continue reading

Kernel – Urgent Changes in Latest Versions, to Fix Intel CPU Security..

Apparently, there has been a major security defect discovered in Intel CPUs, and full details have been embargoed until early-January, but there is a comprehensive article in The Register, here:  https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/ The Linux Kernel devs have been working to provide … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.11-rc1 Still breaks NVIDIA, and Won’t be Fixed?

Just tried the ‘stable-review’ patch for the ‘stable’ Kernel – 4.14.11-rc1, and the same NVIDIA problem is there, and it seems the kernel devs won’t do anything: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1712.3/02608.html So – it seems the patch is now a permanent requirement for … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.10 Still breaks NVIDIA!

Just updated the test system to Kernel 4.14.10, and was ‘somewhat dismayed‘ – to put it politely – that the NVIDIA breakage introduced in 4.14.9 is still there! ………… /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98/kernel/nvidia-uvm/uvm8_va_block.c: In function ‘block_cpu_fault_locked’: /usr/src/linux-4.14.10/arch/x86/include/asm/processor.h:826:39: error: implicit declaration of function ‘task_stack_page’; … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.9 NVIDIA Saga – Simple Patch, or Wait for 4.14.10..?

More on the Kernel 4.14.9 NVIDIA breakage..     Basically, code that should have only gone into 4.15-rc found its way into 4.14.9 – which is why the existing 4.15 NVIDIA patch fixed it..     Thanks to dinosaur_ on the NVIDIA forum, there … Continue reading

KERNEL – 4.14.9 Breaks NVIDIA – and a Fix..

Just updated to Kernel 4.14.9, and normally this should not be anything to cause concern, but this time there has been a significant code change made, that has broken NVIDIA (384.98): ………………… /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98/kernel/nvidia-uvm/uvm8_va_block.c: In function ‘block_cpu_fault_locked’: /usr/src/linux-4.14.9/arch/x86/include/asm/processor.h:826:39: error: implicit declaration … Continue reading

VMware – 14.1.0 released – OK with Kernel 4.14, Still Broken with 4.15, and a Nasty Hack to Fix..

Just updated to VMware Workstation 14.1.0, and release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0.0/rn/workstation-141-release-notes.html This now works OK with Kernel 4.14 (tested with 4.14.8) but vmmon is still broken with Kernel 4.15 (tested with 4.15-rc4): ……………. /tmp/modconfig-04hK9s/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c: In function ‘HostIF_InitUptime’: /tmp/modconfig-04hK9s/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:1770:4: error: … Continue reading